A proposal to strip the pensions of city workers who are convicted of felonies that violate the public trust is heading to committee.
Pushed by city Councilor Mike Rimcoski, councilors agreed this week to have the Ordinance Committee consider the proposal.
“The idea of sending a check to a state prison bothers me,” Rimcoski said.
Though the city hasn’t had an employee charged with a felony related to his job in decades, Rimcoski said he doesn’t want to see a situation develop here as it has in some other towns and on the state level.
He initially raised the idea last winter, but opted to wait to see if state lawmakers would act to ax pensions of government workers who wind up behind bars.
Rimcoski said nothing happened on the measure in the legislature -- lawmakers “are not doing much of anything,” he said -- so he’s pushing it on the city level.
When he raised the plan last winter, Rimcoski said it angers him to see state workers who are accused of crimes making a quick retirement to lock in their pensions.
"You shouldn't be sending pension checks to the prisons," Rimcoski said.
The issue has been bandied about since the massive scandal that rocked the administration of former Gov. John Rowland, who resigned in disgrace and spent time in federal prison for corruption.
There haven't been any significant scandals at City Hall, but other municipalities around the state have seen workers charged with serious crimes.
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